Malignant Man #1
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Malignant Man #1

Writer: James Wan Artist: Piotr Kowalski Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: April 20, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5
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Alan Gates, a cancer patient with a terminal diagnosis, is resigned to his fate...until he discovers that his tumor is actually a mysterious parasite! Granted a second lease on life and incredible, otherworldly powers, Alan must fight against an evil army buried beneath society's skin, all the while unlocking the secrets of his forgotten past. Dark, twisted, and unlike anything else on the stands, MALIGNANT MAN is a sci-fi thriller that can't be missed!

  • 10
    16BitMonster - Hamilton Ortiz Jul 24, 2011

    The issue leaves you in a cliff hanger pretty much unsure of whats happening but it left me wanting more. I am very curious to see where this series goes because of how well it was written. I honestly felt like I was watching the opening scene of a movie, Michael Alan Nelson and James Wan deserves alot of credit for their story telling. The story is very well complemented by the gritty yet beautiful art by Piotri Kowalski. In all honesty give this look a serious look. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Apr 20, 2011

    The creative team succeeded in piquing my interest enough that I know I'll be back for the second issue. Even though the mystery has been successfully set up, I'm a bit worried that whatever comes next will actually turn me off to the series. For now, I remain optimistic. This was one of the best surprises I've had in comics all year. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Andrea Speed Apr 19, 2011

    So if youre looking for some action packed and different, its worth giving this one a shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Apr 22, 2011

    I have to be honest... I was much more interested in the story when it was about Gates' struggle with the reality of his terminal disease. It was grounded, compelling human drama, and Nelson's script did an excellent job of conveying Gates' personality and emotions. The shift from that mode to a dark action thriller is a bit jarring. While the action-oriented plot was handled well, I couldn't help but lament the loss of the original focus. Furthermore, when it became clear by the end of the issue that the hero of the book isn't dying of cancer, the title of this series seems rather callous. The title continues to link the story to cancer, but in a tongue-in-cheek manner that's a little off-putting. Still, I came away from the book entertained overall and still interested in what happens to Alan Gates next. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Apr 26, 2011

    I hope "Malignant Man" can escape the set course it's on, because that's what drags this first issue down. Take out the specific cancer-based elements and you have dozens of other stories almost beat-for-beat. The hook this series has is good, but even it can't overcome the general sense of 'been there, read that' that this comic inspires. Read Full Review

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